What makes the microscope so important?
Our powerful microscopes are the central instrument to apply our specialized skills so that a proper diagnosis can be made and treatment can be performed at the highest level. The microscope maximizes our ability to find all of the canals, remove all the pulp (nerve) tissue and infection from the tooth. We use the most powerful surgical operating microscopes available 100% of the time throughout treatment.
Will the treatment be painful?
We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way painful. Many of our patients fall asleep during treatment. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. We perform special techniques for gently delivering anesthesia for this type of procedure. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.
Can you complete my treatment in one-visit?
We will recommend the number of visits necessary for your treatment based on maximizing success. One-visit treatment is possible in some situations. Often two or more visits are necessary to acheive the quality that is our standard. Quality in endodontics takes time, so we ask that to become a patient of ours you allow us to use our experience and professional judgement to determine what is best for you.
Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?
Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to the office 1 year after the procedure was finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for a recall appointment.
Do you take my insurance or accept payment plans?
You are fortunate to have dental benefits. Many of our patients do not. We are in-network providers for:
Anthem Blue Cross/Wellpoint
California Dental Network
DBP / United Health
Delta Care USA / PMI
Dental Health Alliance/Assurant
Dental Network of America
First Dental Health
Venture Health (In Office Plan)
We are happy to fill out your forms for you for submission regardless of what insurance you have. We promise to help you obtain every possible benefit from your insurance company.
If you are interested in making payments, we do request that you contact one of our financing companies to assist with the cost of treatment. The most popular and widely used option is CareCredit (www.carecredit.com
). CareCredit provides a variety of financing options, including a 0% interest plan.
Why did my doctor refer me to an out-of-network specialist?
Your doctor has referred you to our specialists for evaluation because we are thorough, gentle and honest in diagnosing your problem and in recommending treatment. This approach will prevent unnecessary treatment and cost to you. Patients that we evaluate often do not require endodontic treatment. If treatment is required, you will clearly understand why, as we utilize several tools to communicate with you about your condition.
Your doctor has referred you to our state-of-the-art endodontic specialty practice because we put the quality of our care first. Scientific studies have stated the success of root canal treatment ranges between 40-95%. That is a huge range! Success is directly related to how the treatment is performed. Our goal is to consistently practice at the highest level to maximize the likelihood for long-term success. Our practice has been uniquely designed around utilizing the most powerful surgical operating microscopes for both the doctor and assistant to facilitate treating the entire root canal system.
Your dentist's referral to our specialty practice clearly shows their desire to provide you with the highest quality treatment available.
Like most things, quality endodontic treatment cannot be rushed. We will provide an estimate of the time and appointments necessary for treatment, and the fees involved.
How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.
Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. These include:
Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your overall health and also your dental health.
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.
How often should I brush and floss?
Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease.
Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.
Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
W h a t i s a n E n d o d o n t i s t ?
An endodontist is a dentist with advanced training in diseased or damaged pulp or soft inner tissues of your teeth. Endodontists spend at least two years after dental school training to become specialists in the techniques and procedures involved in diagnosing and treating dental problems that originate inside your teeth. In practice they only perform endodontic procedures and therefore have extensive experience in this area.